Archive for August, 2012


No matter the prophesies of the Bigfoot community for years has foretold in years previous, it HAS happened.

From ABCMontanta.com,

KALISPELL – Police are still investigating a strange story in Kalispell. A man dressed up as Bigfoot was struck and killed by two passing vehicles.

Police say the crash occurred on Highway 93 South of Kalispell. They say 44-Year-Old Randy Lee Tenley was walking South and was struck by two vehicles. Montana Highway Patrol Officer Jim Schneider said Randy’s friends say he was trying to make people think they saw Bigfoot.

"He had this Ghillie suit and was going to attempt to get the attention of passing motorist and through I don’t know what means make them feel like they saw Bigfoot or sasquatch,"  Schneider said.

Police said Randy was in the middle of the right lane in a spot where motorist could not see him. No one is in custody and the investigation will continue.

To me… there’s really not much to say.

“I told ya so,” doesn’t work. Or anything of a triumphant nature for that matter.

“I saw this coming,” doesn’t seem to fit the bill either.

My bottom line is, that there is the death of a forty plus year old man. Thankfully it wasn’t a kid.

Fact is, as Loren Coleman pointed out on Cryptomundo.com, both drivers were in their teens and very likely traumatized by this event for life.

Dailyinterlake.com reported;

Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Jim Schneider said. “You can’t make it up. I haven’t seen or heard of anything like this before. Obviously, his suit made it difficult for people to see him.”

Tenley’s motivations were ascertained during interviews with friends who were not in the immediate area but were nearby when the man was struck at about 10:30 p.m.

“Alcohol may have been a factor,” Schneider said. “Impairment is up in the air.”

Tenley was on the southbound side of the highway, about a half mile south of the highway’s intersection with Rocky Point Road.

“He was in the right-hand lane of travel and the vehicle was unable to avoid him and struck him,” Schneider said of the first vehicle driven by a 15-year-old girl from Somers.

A second vehicle driven by a 17-year-old Somers girl also struck Tenley as he laid on the highway.

And there is a death involved.

Someone, somewhere is heartbroken, be it a spouse, significant other, mother, father, son, daughter or brother, sister.

Let’s be cognoscente of that fact.  

If something can be made positive of this tragedy, use this as an example of why people should not do this.

Not because of what we interpret the moral implications of the action, or because it makes us mad, but because its dangerous.

What also needs to be impressed, that its not any safer in the forests. If someone decides to do that in the woods, they could be shot accidentally as well.

It’s time to give our condolences, but at the same time, make it a teachable moment to people thinking about doing this.

At the same time, since the story has gone viral, perhaps its time to speak to legislators to make such actions, in a respective state a crime, other than a violation or misdemeanor.

Make it a felony. Tenley through his ill gotten attempt at humor, now effected many lives, not only of his own family, but the families of the young women driving the vehicles which struck him, which they will carry for the rest of their lives.

Till Next Time…

Squatch-D

Ben Radford quote of the day…

"Discussions on the details of Bigfoot ecology and morphology often resemble the classic debate among medieval theologians about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.” 

– Ben Radford 6/13/12

My response…..

Skeptics’ arguments on why the Sasquatch cannot exist and how it cannot exist often resemble the debate amongst medieval theologians stating how Copernicus, Galileo and Columbus were all blasphemers for believing the Earth was not the center of the universe or flat.

Till Next Time,

Squatch-D

The Truth about Lie Detectors

Recently, Alleged Sierra Kill Shooter, Justin Smeja took a Polygraph exam in passed. Even though he passed some skeptics and even some within the Bigfoot research community state that “lie detectors” are easy to fool.

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Shown here, is the polygraph used to interview witnesses in the NatGeo Special, The Truth Behind the Loch Ness Monster. (Photo Credit: Steve Kulls)

In reality, polygraph exams are very difficult to fool, more matter to the fact, that is why intelligence have to undergo intensive training to  “beat” the machines and even then, they are often not successful.

Beating the machine is a product of Hollywood. In reality,more matter to the fact, there are more “lie” results that are inaccurate than “true” results being accurate. And it is for that reason why so many states in the US find them inadmissible. Only about 20 accept them into evidence.

A search of the web will show very few sites discussing the guilty passing, more to the point; the innocent failing. The reason for that is easy, that the test (control) questions used to meter the truthful reactions, could be misinterpreted. Computer technology which is used in many of the newer polygraph units, assist in filtering out these misinterpretations.

Just merely believing you are telling the truth, does not trump the knowledge you are telling a lie either. It is that basis to which so many forensic investigators work upon, and in a face to face interview, a person can deny, deny, deny, but there facial and body language often can give that away.

There is one other major “X Factor” here, as in all polygraphs exams, the interviewer.

 

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(Left) Polygrapher David Bird, prepares for the interviewing of Loch Ness Monster witnesses. (Right) Scene of Bird interviewing LNM witness/researcher Mikko Takala, whom passed the exam. (Photo credits on left: Steve Kulls)

I had the opportunity to interview David Bird, in February of 2011, while filming the “Truth Behind the Loch Ness Monster.”  David’s credentials are impeccable and can be found here to see his vast amount of experience, in not only polygraphy, but in forensic interviewing as well.

“You can beat the machine, but it’s hard to beat the interviewer,” David began, “but if you interview them properly before the test, making sure there aware of what the machine can and cannot do, it’s near impossible to beat.”

I watched David throughout his polygraph exams, and his pre-interviews would make anyone squirm. He even made me feel uneasy, when he was playfully hitting me up with a mock pre-interview to demonstrate how he does his pre-interviews. I wouldn’t be too comfortable sitting there if I had something to hide, with David across the table.

David’s approach was genius, and it was truly a pleasure, having a background in forensic interviewing myself, watching David integrate that into the polygraph exam.

That being said, I do not know the qualifications or know the examiner involved in the Smeja interview. I know David did warn me that outstanding polygraphers,  continue their education and their experiences, should not be just on taking a school on polygraphy itself, but should have some interviewing schools as well, such as a forensic interviewing school, neurolinguistic  training, etc. 

All in all, it is very interesting that Justin passed the exam, and it just deepens this mystery of what happened in the fall of 2010.

Till next time….

Squatch-D

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